Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Boys from the black stuff....

We've had a lot of road works being done around our way lately. All in all, the work will take 6 months to do - and we're only 2 months into it. Old tarmac taken up, new stuff put down, traffic cone heaven, orange dayglo jacketed 'stop - go' men by the hundred. queuing traffic by the million and strange looking machinery everywhere......


Here's a picture of one. For the past few days, 'the tarmac men' have been parking their big toy outside our drive. We live on the A59 - one of the busiest roads in the country - so it's a bit tricky trying to get out in the morning. I reckon it looks a bit like a dinosaur - I've called it a right 'Paininthearseaurus'....

Our house is next to a school - so all the little kiddies have to be negotiated as well. Yesterday, I nipped back home to change into my mourning suit as I had a funeral to attend in Liverpool. I was only inside 10 minutes - but by that time, the tarmac wagon had just dumped a load of hot, wet tarmac right outside the drive. I couldn't get out. The men wouldn't let me drive over it for 30 minutes - "Til it had gone off a bit" ...... Thankfully, as it was a catholic funeral service, being half an hour late didn't seem to matter, it went on and on and on and on......

22 comments:

"Alice" said...

That's called thanking God for small favors, the fact it was a Catholic funeral. HE gave you time to get there. Heh.

steve and lyn boston said...

we were hoping everything would be finished by the time we came home

Stevo in Taichung said...

Alfie, why the fuck did you not park away from the house? there was always going to be a good chance of these arseholes dumping the tar especially as they would have noticed you parking up.
On the plus side you have a good chance of getting your drive re surfaced if you ask them nicely, they always have a bit of the stuff left over. A pot of tea may do the trick, or try sending the wife out in her skimpies.

Ale-Fan said...

Have they really got stop/go boards ?
So much nicer than these new fangled traffic lights. You can't beat tradition. I like stop/go boards !

stuart said...

That machine looks like it's come out of one of Thunderbird 2's pods.

Red_Fred said...

I love that machine.. why didn't you ask them to let you play with it?

its awesome...! (like my watch)

and they could have done your drive as well.. tsk tsk Alfie.

Red_Fred said...

I love that machine.. why didn't you ask them to let you play with it?

its awesome...! (like my watch)

and they could have done your drive as well.. tsk tsk Alfie.

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